‘Morphous’ Downtown

This double-headed bronze and steel sculpture has been casting her somewhat dismissive gaze upon the passing parade since last November. From The Avenue Concept:

Lionel Smit’s “Morphous” is an exploration of hybrid identity and its ever-changing nature within South Africa’s social landscape. This particular piece evokes a question of time, of past and future, and the balance point at which his country found itself at the time of the sculpture’s creation in 2014, one year after Nelson Mandela’s passing. . .

The figures are charged with an emotive and gestural energy, a hallmark of Smit’s evocative work. Viewers familiar with Ancient Roman mythology and iconography will undoubtedly think of Janus, the double headed deity of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, frames, and endings.

Lionel Smit was born in 1982 in Pretoria, South Africa. He works in a variety of mediums and is best known for his contemporary portraiture.

‘Morphous,’ Kennedy Plaza, (directions)


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